|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Latin America (Click here for more)

Campaign Fights to Reduce Violence, Save 365,000 Lives in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO – Under the slogan “Instinct for Life,” a group of Latin American NGOs presented on Monday in Rio de Janeiro a campaign that seeks to reduce by half the number of homicides in the region and save 365,000 lives over the next 10 years, some 180,000 of them in Brazil, the world’s leader in lethal violence.

“Instinct for Life” is backed by 30 government organizations in seven Latin American countries, and plans to mobilize state agencies and citizens to cut the violence rate throughout the region.

The figures are chilling: Latin America has a mere 8 percent of the world population but is responsible for 38 percent of global homicides, and if urgent measures are not taken, the regional murder rate could leap from 21 to 35 lives taken for every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the NGOs.

The project is a joint effort of organizations in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil, with the latter topping the list of the most violent countries with more than 60,000 homicides per year.

One out of every 10 murder victims in the world is Brazilian, and at least 50 million Brazilians, around 35 percent of the population, have had a family member or friend slain, and 17 percent have someone close to them among the missing, according to a survey taken by the Datafolha firm for the Brazilian Public Safety Forum.

In addition, close to 16 million people, around 12 percent of respondents, had a loved one killed by a security agent or a police officer.

The problem affects the black population even more, among whom 38 percent lost a friend or family member to homicide, compared with 27 percent of whites, with the greatest violence in poor areas like those in the northwestern and midwestern parts of the country.

Some 64 percent of the population acknowledges that most victims of violence in Brazil are young, black males.

The majority of those consulted – 56 percent – agree that police should occupy the shantytowns to deal with organized crime, though almost all of them – 93 percent – agree that police should save lives above all else.

“The ‘denormalization’ of violence in this country is a necessary step toward being able to implement the plans to reduce homicides,” said Ilona Szabo, director of the Igarape Institute, one of the non-government organizations promoting the project.

The first activity of the “Instinct for Life” campaign is to launch the Web site “Vivos en Nosotros,” whose goal is to keep the memory of homicide victims alive and become an instrument of pressure on the government to enact urgent measures to halt the violence.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved